Soulja Boy
American rapper
Soulja Boy
DeAndre Cortez Way, better known by his stage name Soulja Boy Tell 'Em, or simply Soulja Boy, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur. In September 2007, his single "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The single was initially self-published on the internet, and it later became a number-one hit in the United States for seven non-consecutive weeks starting in September 2007.
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Rapper Chief Keef, others, detained over armed robbery at producer's home - Los Angeles Times
Google News - 29 days
Los Angeles Times Rapper Chief Keef, others, detained over armed robbery at producer's home Los Angeles Times The rapper Chief Keef and up to four others were detained Thursday in connection with a home invasion and robbery that occurred last week, a law enforcement source said. The Chicago rapper's former music producer, Ramsay Tha Great, has identified ... Chief Keef Reportedly Arrested for Robbery and Assault of Music ProducerBillboard Rappers Arrested In 2017: Chief Keef, Soulja Boy And 5 Others Facing Legal Trouble In The New YearInternational Business Times Rapper Chief Keef arrested for beating up, robbing former producerPage Six Hollywood Life -TMZ.com -Complex -Pitchfork all 17 news articles »
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Rapper Soulja Boy charged with possessing assault rifle, stolen property
Reuters.com - about 1 month
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rapper Soulja Boy was charged on Monday with possessing an assault weapon and receiving stolen property following a December raid at his Hollywood home by police, Los Angeles prosecutors said.
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Put 'em up: Chris Brown and Soulja Boy will reportedly duke it out in televised boxing match
LATimes - about 2 months
Looks like hip-hop stars Chris Brown and Soulja Boy will be turning a social media beef into some serious cheddar. What began as a run-of-the-mill celebrity feud has evolved into a televised, pay-per-view boxing match, according to TMZ. The site has reported that the fight was originally scheduled...
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Feuds: 3 Current-Day Duels (of the Social-Media Variety)
NYTimes - about 2 months
Into the internet muck with Soulja Boy vs. Chris Brown, Donald Trump vs. Graydon Carter, and Blac Chyna vs. Rob Kardashian.
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Chris Brown, Soulja Boy to settle feud in the ring
CBS News - about 2 months
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Chris Brown Angry Soulja Boy Posted About His Daughter Royalty as Feud Intensifies—and the Fight Is On - E! Online
Google News - about 2 months
E! Online Chris Brown Angry Soulja Boy Posted About His Daughter Royalty as Feud Intensifies—and the Fight Is On E! Online The two began a feud on social media earlier this week. Soulja Boy claimed Brown called him and said he wants to "fight" him because he liked a photo Brown's ex Karrueche Tran had posted on Instagram. Over the past 24 hours, their feud has intensified ... 3 Current-Day Duels (of the Social-Media Variety)New York Times Chris Brown vs. Soulja Boy: A timeline of their exhausting beefUSA TODAY Floyd Mayweather to Train Soulja Boy for His Boxing Match Against Chris BrownBillboard PerezHilton.com -Vibe -BET -The BoomBox all 213 news articles »
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Soulja Boy Issues Apology and Wants to Make Music With Chris Brown After Feud - E! Online
Google News - about 2 months
E! Online Soulja Boy Issues Apology and Wants to Make Music With Chris Brown After Feud E! Online Are Soulja Boy and Chris Brown headed to the boxing ring? Because Soulja Boy appears to be feeling some remorse over their new feud. The R&B singer and rapper exchanged a war of words on social media Monday. Soulja Boy claimed Brown called him ... And Now a Soulja Boy Joke From 50 CentBET Soulja Boy Apologizes for Chris Brown Feud in New Twitter Video: 'I've Been Acting Out'Billboard 50 Cent Says Mayweather Promotions Will Endorse Soulja Boy and Chris Brown's FightXXLMAG.COM The Hollywood Gossip -Singersroom News -BallerStatus.com -The Inquisitr all 101 news articles »
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The first celebrity feud of 2017
CNN - about 2 months
Chris Brown and Soulja Boy have started the first celebrity feud of 2017.
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17 Albums Turning 10 In 2017
Huffington Post - 2 months
Ah, 2017. Another rotation around the sun, another year where we can marvel at just how far off the mid-aughts feel. The era where we donned low-waisted jeans, ironic graphic tees and Livestrong bracelets seems to be more and more of a distant memory. As all living creatures age, so does the music we listened to. Here are 17 hit albums turning a decade old in the coming year.   Rihanna, “Good Girl Gone Bad” She kindly requests that you shut up and drive. LCD Soundsystem, “Sound of Silver” How we all learned to say, “New York, I Love You, But You’re Bringing Me Down.”  Radiohead, “In Rainbows” One of the first albums to be digitally released for free (or, rather, “pay what you wish”). Kanye West, “Graduation” That’s how long he’s been on ya. Fall Out Boy, “Infinity on High” All we can say is thnks fr th mmrs, Fall Out Boy. Avril Lavigne, “The Best Damn Thing” Hey, hey! You, you! She don’t like your girlfriend! T-Pain, “Epiphany” ...
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Rapper Soulja Boy arrested on gun charge
Yahoo News - 2 months
Soulja Boy, the rapper who started a viral dance craze while still a teenager with "Crank That," was arrested Thursday for illegally possessing a gun, police said. Officers entered his Los Angeles home early in the morning and took him into custody after discovering the firearm, a police spokesman said. Although the United States has lenient gun laws, Soulja Boy is banned from owning a firearm as part of his probation following an earlier arrest.
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#inthegridmusic: 12.9.15
Huffington Post - about 1 year
12.9.15 #SongBlogIV (my song of the day): "White Iverson (Remix)" by Post Malone ft. French Montana and Slim Jimmy In a year where there were rap feuds (Meek Mill and Drake) and controversy, a few rappers were able to get a breakout hit. Post Malone was no different. Called "the most random success" by the Fader magazine, Post Malone's first single is a great one. This remix featuring French Montana and Slim Jimmy (Rae Sremmurd) is even better. SEE: http://www.thefader.com/2015/05/14/everything-you-need-to-know-about-post-malone One thing that is important to note however, is that Post Malone is this breakout rapper from Dallas this year (and in a while, quite honestly). But there are a couple more Dallas rappers you should check out. Here are 4 Dallas rappers you may have not heard of and/or you should revisit: 1. The D.O.C: It's Funky He's worked with heavyweights - Dr. Dre, N.W.A. You might have also seen him portrayed on this year's Straight Outta Compton. ...
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Is 50 Cent Gay? Did Vivica Lick His Crack? Is Anything Wrong That?
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Like the late crooner, Sam Cooke, I believe a change is gonna come. I believe this in spite of the gay-, slut-, and age-shaming underway between three prominent black entertainers. Vivica A. Fox unwisely started this beef with her ex-boyfriend, 50 Cent. When asked by Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen to comment on the false accusation that 50 Cent blamed Empire's ratings dip on "gay stuff," the Kill Bill star stuttered, "You know the pot calling the kettle black" as if to suggest that 50 Cent was gay. Shortly thereafter, 50 Cent took to social media to respond: "Oh No!!! Now she things (sic) I'm gay because I let her lick my A**. LMAO," This was followed up by an insult from the rapper Soulja Boy, who the 51-year-old Fox insinuated into this messy plot when she referenced a XXL magazine cover of the two rappers. "Everybody hit up this cougar..she's single & ready to mingle ...1-800-GrannyDesperateForAttention extension I'mWashedUp." The suggestions being made ...
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Two White Students Wore A Racial Slur On Their Backs For Spirit Week
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Two white seniors at Mountain View High School in Stafford County, Virginia sparked outrage on the Internet after a photo of them wearing shirts with a racial slur on their backs during the school's spirit week surfaced online.  The shirts read, "n***a we made it," in which the second and third letters of the n-word were replaced with the number 16 to represent the class of 2016. The phrase on the shirt comes from lyrics in a Drake and Soulja Boy song titled, "We Made It."  James Stemple, the school's principal, released a statement saying that the school does not condone this kind of behavior. “As principal of the school I am truly sorry that this incident occurred at Mountain View," Stemple said. "There are plans in place to educate the entire student body about this type of behavior, provide counseling if needed for any student, and to work with the entire community to ensure this type of action does not happen again.” Valerie Cottongim, a representative from ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Soulja Boy
    TWENTIES
  • 2016
    Age 25
    On September 29, 2016 Way released a mixtape entitled King Soulja 6, which would be the sixth installment to his King Soulja mixtape/album series.
    More Details Hide Details Way is best known for his rudimentary and superficially lyrical verses, vacuous and insipid subject matter, convoluted rhyme schemes, vague song structure, as well as the embodying of the quintessentially trivial snap and Southern hip hop music style. Way has also been well known for his rudimentary and repetitive hip hop production style, with nonetheless catchy hooks incorporated into his songs. Speaking on his rudimentary rapping technique and vacuous lyrical style, In November, 2010 during an interview with XXL Magazine while Way was explaining how he has grown as an emcee he stated: "I can't keep playin' around, because if you keep playin' around, people are gonna think you're a joke. At some point, you have to get serious. But don't get it twisted, Soulja doesn't wanna be the next Lupe Fiasco. I don't want to be super-Lupe-Fiasco-lyrical and niggas don't know what the fuck I'm talking about," he added. "I want to be the best," he continued. "I want to be recognized in that category where I'm nominated for Best Rapper with Jay-Z and Kanye and Wayne. I wanna get a Grammy. I want Best Rap Album of the Year... I've made millions of dollars off of doing my style, but, hey, I can rap, too."
    On September 26, 2016, Way released a single entitled "I'm Up Now" featuring Chief Keef.
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    On September 24, 2016, Way released a single entitled "Hit Them Folks".
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    On September 14, 2016, Way released a single entitled "Max Payne".
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    On August 23, 2016 Way released a mixtape entitled S. Beezy 2, which would be the sequel to his mixtape to his 2015 mixtape S. Beezy.
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    On July 31, 2016 Way released a mixtape entitled Rockstar self-titled after his newly released single.
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    On July 23, 2016, Way released a single entitled "Rockstar".
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    On June 9, 2016 Way would release his sixth digital album entitled Better Late Than Never; it would be released independently by his label Stacks on Deck Entertainment; it would feature appearances from Lil Twist & Lil Yachty.
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    On May 12, 2016, Way released a single entitled "Day One".
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    On March 15, 2016 Way would release his fifth digital album entitled Stacks On Deck; it would be released independently by his label Stacks on Deck Entertainment; it would feature appearances from Agoff, King Reefa, Lil Yachty & Rich The Kid.
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    On February 14, 2016 Way released a mixtape entitled King Soulja 5, which would be the fifth installment to his King Soulja mixtape/album series.
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    On February 10, 2016 Way released another mixtape titled Finesse EP.
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    On January 24, 2016, Way released a standalone single entitled "Stephen Curry" taken from the NBA professional basketball player of the same name, and on February 6, 2016, Way also had a music video for the song as well.
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    On January 14, 2016, Way released a single entitled "Drop The Top", and on January 24, 2016, Way premiered the music video.
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  • 2015
    Age 24
    On November 24, 2015, Way released a mixtape entitled S. Beezy.
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    On November 9, 2015, Way premiered a single entitled "Make It Rain".
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    On September 28, 2015, Way released a mixtape entitled Plug Talk.
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    On September 24, 2015 Way released a single entitled "Gratata" along with an accompanying music video.
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    On September 1, 2015, Way released a single entitled "Diddy Bop".
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    On July 30, 2015 Way would release King Soulja 4 as his fourth digital album, it would also be released independently by his label Stacks on Deck Entertainment, it would feature appearances from Migos, ReeseMoneyBagz, Dae Dot & Sean Kingston.
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    On July 23, 2015 Way released his mixtape entitled M & M: Money and Music.
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    On July 17, 2015, Soulja Boy released a new single titled "Actavis" featuring Migos taken from his fourth digital album King Soulja 4, which was released on July 30, 2015.
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    Also On June 30, 2015, Way released a mixtape entitled 25 The Movie.
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    On June 3, 2015, Way via his Twitter revealed the title, cover art and release date to his upcoming fifth studio album entitled Blessed which was scheduled for release on July 28, 2015, but has since experienced several delays.
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    On May 26, 2015 fellow Atlanta, Georgia artist Rich The Kid announced that he and Way would be releasing a collaboration album entitled Get Rich.
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    On May 16, 2015 Way released his mixtape entitled Swag The Mixtape, it would feature appearances from Migos, Peewee Longway, Troy Ave, Johnny Cinco, Chief Keef, Pack Strong, Paul Allen, Chella H, Calico Jonez and Kyle Massey.
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    On February 27, 2015 Way would release the first single from his fourth digital album King Soulja 4 entitled "Whippin My Wrist (Too Rich)" and it would chart on the Billboard Trending 140 chart at #48.
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  • 2014
    Age 23
    On November 17, 2014 Way announced via his Instagram that he had signed a new label deal with Universal Music Group and also revealed the title, cover art and release date to his fourth studio album entitled Loyalty originally scheduled for release on December 2, 2014, but then was pushed back to February 3, 2015.
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    On October 31, 2014 Way released his mixtape Young Millionaire, it would feature appearances from Sean Kingston, Cap.1 and Rich The Kid.
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    On June 29, 2014 Way would release King Soulja 3 as his second digital album via iTunes, it would feature appearances from Gudda Gudda and Rich The Kid.
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    On June 8, 2014 Way announced he was currently working on his new mixtape project King Soulja 3 and it would feature appearances from Lil Wayne, Drake, Migos, Young Thug and Wiz Khalifa.
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    On May 19, 2014 Way was featured and also produced Nicki Minaj promotional single "Yasss Bish", the song has been met with critical reception.
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    On April 20, 2014 Way released his first digital album Super Dope, it features an appearance from rapper Busta Rhymes.
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    On March 18, 2014 Way released his first mixtape of the year entitled King Soulja 2.
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  • 2013
    Age 22
    In 2013 Way announced and confirmed he was guest-starring in the upcoming movie Officer Down.
    More Details Hide Details In May 2016, Soulja Boy signed a deal from World Poker Fund Holdings for five years. World Poker Fund is a builder and operator of online and event-based social gaming platforms and imprints. Soulja said of the deal: "I enjoy music, and of course gaming. Being an influencer is a form of currency. " Way initially tweeted that the deal was for $400 million, however, that is the cap for the contract and not his payment from the company. On December 9, 2007, Way was sued by William Lyons (a.k.a. Souljah Boy of Mo Thugs Family) who created the stage name Souljah Boy in 1996. On October 7, 2009, Way was arrested in Atlanta, Georgia, on one count of obstruction, a misdemeanor, for running from police when he'd been ordered to stop while filming a video in an abandoned house. The rapper was released on $550 bond.
    On December 28, 2013 rapper/singer Drake collaborated and remixed Way's intro track "We Made It" from his mixtape The King.
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    On November 30, 2013 Way released his mixtape The King.
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    On September 24, 2013 Way released his mixtape entitled 23.
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    On June 30, 2013 Way released Life After Fame as a mixtape and not as an album.
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    On June 25, 2013 Way released his first single from the album entitled "Ridin Round" to iTunes, but it was later dubbed a promotional single.
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    On June 13, 2013 Way announced that he has changed his album title once again to Life After Fame and that it would be released to stores on July 30, 2013.
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    On May 26, 2013 Way released his second EP entitled Cuban Link.
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    Three days later, Way released the cover art to his next mixtape entitled King Soulja which was released on May 5, 2013.
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    On April 24, 2013, Way released his mixtape Foreign 2.
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    Following that on March 25, 2013, he released the EP, All Black.
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    On March 15, 2013, he released the first single from the album, titled "Handsome".
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    In March 2013 it was rumored that Way may be signing to Cash Money Records after getting a tattoo saying "Rich Gang" on his face, and being seen hanging with Cash Money artists Birdman and Bow Wow with his manager the same weekend.
    More Details Hide Details This continued after he added "Rich Gang" or "YMCMB" to his social media platforms. Soulja Boy had earlier reported that he was no longer with Interscope Records after his record deal ended, after releasing his third studio album. Way also announced that his album Promise has been changed to USA DRE.
    On February 22, 2013, Way released his first mixtape of the year entitled Foreign.
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  • 2012
    Age 21
    On August 25, 2012, Way made controversial comments towards fellow rapper Hopsin on one of his webcam chats with his fans when Way stated "fuck Hopsin, I'm about to go in the studio and record this Hopsin diss real quick".
    More Details Hide Details Way continued on by stating the words "that nigga's a bitch, fuck that bitch-ass nigga". The situation was caused by Hopsin's controversial song "Sag My Pants" which was a direct diss towards Way with the lines "Soulja Boy you got a corny flow, So you can suck my fucking dick through a glory hole" though Way previously didn't focus on the diss. But on August 28, 2012, on Way's Tinychat, Hopsin and Way confronted each other, though Hopsin admitted he liked Way nothing was really resolved. On September 3, 2012, Way released the Hopsin diss. It was entitled "That Nigga Not Me". Hopsin has not responded to the diss yet. On April 19, 2013, Way sent a number of death threats to Chicago rapper Chief Keef via Facebook. The threats were likely provoked by an earlier incident, where Keef's affiliate Ballout stole Way's chain and bragged about it on Twitter. Way posted both of Keef's cellphone numbers, urging people to notify him he's coming for him with a gun. He continued posting, stating he's in Keef's hometown of Chicago and asking Keef and Ballout to come to him. Chief Keef responded that he is currently in London but would talk to Way on his new number. Later the same day, Way issued a statement that his Facebook, Instagram and email were hacked and none of the earlier messages were written by him.
    On December 25, 2012, Way released his mixtape LOUD, which he also for the first time distributed on iTunes.
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    His mixtape entitled Young & Flexin was released on November 6, 2012.
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    On September 4, 2012, Way released a sequel mixtape to his mixtape Juice entitled Juice II, with it being known for Way going back to his old production style with the beginning lines "Soulja Boy Tell 'Em", it's also Way's most downloaded mixtape.
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    On June 11, 2012, Way released another collaboration mixtape with rapper Vinny Chase entitled Double Cup City.
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    On June 3, 2012, Way talked about his upcoming album Promise and stated the reason he has put out so many mixtapes in the last two years is because he says he feels like he has to put out a lot of music and be as creative as possible.
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    Then on March 23, 2012, Way released a mixtape entitled OBEY which featured the promotional single "Too Faded".
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    On January 24, 2012, Way released a collaboration mixtape with his artist Young L entitled Mario & Domo vs. the World which cover was based on the Nintendo video game Super Mario Bros.
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    On January 9, 2012, Way released another mixtape for the beginning year entitled 50/13 which cover was based on ASAP Rocky's mixtape cover Live.
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  • 2011
    Age 20
    On April 22, 2011, Way announced that he would be making his acting debut playing the main role as Bishop on the Juice remake and that it would air on BET in sometime.
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    On the night of March 22, 2011, Way's little brother Deion Jenkins was killed in a car crash.
    More Details Hide Details Way is known for having the first single ever to sell over 3 million in digital copies, due to the success of his commercially acclaimed debut single "Crank That (Soulja Boy)". Way has garnered popularity through the use of social media. Way has also gained a lot of popularity on YouTube, having accumulated over 300 million views and over 600 thousand subscribers on his official YouTube channel. Way is also known for changing and revolutionizing the way musical artist and label's promote and brand their music through the use of social media due to the unique way of his digital marketing and promotion of his music in the beginning of his career. Way's music has been banned from some school dances for alleged sexual or violent content and/or innuendos. However, he has denied these claims. In the original YouTube video for "Shootout", Soulja Boy demonstrates his dance while holding a handgun in each hand and pretending to shoot into the audience.
    In 2011, Way's documentary movie Soulja Boy: The Movie contained an interview with Way's close friend/manager/Stacks on Deck Entertainment president Miami Mike.
    More Details Hide Details During the interview, he spoke about the incident clarifying that two of the three robbers were members of the rap group Show Stoppas, which are a rap group Way had signed to his label Stacks on Deck Entertainment in 2008. Miami Mike would also go on to clarify that he had warned Way about them before the incident and had also told Way he needed to protect himself, stating "And it was real ugly... to make a long story short, Soulja Boy wasn't in the hospital, you know what I'm saying, it was two of them they were held in the hospital, it was two members out the group the Show Stoppas. It was a group he had signed upon his label S.O.D. but it wasn't the whole group. I had warned Soulja Boy about these guys prior to this incident, I said Soulja those dudes are not your friends. So I said man, dog them dudes they crooked man, don't hang around them, they crooked, I said Soulja you need to keep a gun in every room, you know what I'm saying? Go to target practices, man you play Gears of War you need to go get you a real gun and learn how to use it. You a celebrity now and you staying in this big house by yourself, we was trying to keep this stuff out the public eyesight because we want to keep this clear image of Soulja doing the little dance and stuff, but it was so much going on behind closed doors and when these guys supposed to be his friends broke into his house it just was ugly man, he shot one of them five times man."
    On December 30, 2011, Way released another mixtape entitled Gold On Deck.
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    On September 19, 2011, Way released the mixtape Supreme.
    More Details Hide Details On October 30, 2011 Skate Boy (Deluxe Edition) was released as a mixtape and not an album.
    In September 2011, Way confirmed he is working on a new album, called Promise, which would be released in October.
    More Details Hide Details Way also released the cover and title of his second independent album via Twitter, entitled Skate Boy, which he said would be available in stores November 1, also via Twitter.
    Then on August 31, 2011, Way released the mixtape The Last Crown, the cover of the mixtape is based on the artwork the Flammarion Engraving.
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    On July 15, 2011, Way released his ep mixtape entitled Bernaurd Arnault EP (Limited Edition).
    More Details Hide Details Then on August 1, 2012, Way released another ep mixtape entitled 21: EP.
    On April 20, 2011, Way released his mixtape Juice which cover was based on the film of the same name.
    More Details Hide Details Way stated he would also release a mini-movie of his own to go along with the mixtape, stating that he was headed to greatness with the mixtape.
    Then On March 17, 2011, Way released the mixtape 1UP which cover was based on the Naruto anime, with Way stating: "If I was in a video game, this mixtape would advance me to the next level with an extra life.
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    On January 22, Way released his first mixtape of 2011 Smooky which cover featured a cartoon version of Way on a bicycle doing a 360.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 2010
    Age 19
    Way was to be part of the Summerbeatz tour held in Australia alongside Flo Rida, Jay Sean and Travie McCoy in November 2010, but in lieu of his current album's release date Way had declined the offer and just embarked on his "Who They Want" tour.
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    The DeAndre Way was released on November 30, 2010, and has so far only sold 70,000 copies making it Way's lowest selling album.
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    On October 19, 2010, Way finally released "Speakers Going Hammer" on iTunes with the single peaking at number 48 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs.
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    However it was reverted to The DeAndre Way in July 2010.
    More Details Hide Details But on June 8, 2010, the official lead single from the album was "Pretty Boy Swag". The single reached number 34 on the Billboard Hot 100, number six on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and number five on the Rap Songs chart. The album's second single was due to be "Digital" but it was just used on his promotional mixtape Best Rapper. Then it was announced that "Speakers Going Hammer" was going to be the second single, but "Blowing Me Kisses" was released on August 31, 2010, as the second single instead. On October 13 Way performed "Pretty Boy Swag" and a snippet of his third single "Speakers Going Hammer".
    The album was titled The DeAndre Way but was changed in early 2010 to Dre with a commercial video snippet for "Do It Big" as the first single but it was cancelled as well.
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  • 2009
    Age 18
    On October 30, 2009, Way released three mixtapes Paranormal Activity, Dat Piff and Cortez.
    More Details Hide Details Then it was announced on February 18, 2010, that the first single from the album was going to be "All Black Everything" but it was cancelled and was just put on his promotional mixtape Legendary.
    On January 26, 2009, Way released the third single "Turn My Swag On". it topped the US Rap Charts and peaked at number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100.
    More Details Hide Details It has so far sold more than 1,000,000 digital downloads in the United States. It became Soulja Boy's third song to sell 1 million or more downloads. The DeAndre Way is Way's third studio album, Way has stated that the album is intended to be his most personal and successful album thus far. When speaking on possible collaborations, he stated he wished to work with artists such as Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Kanye West and Eminem, among others. The lead single from the album, "POW", was released in January 2009 but failed to garner success and was dubbed a promo single.
  • 2008
    Age 17
    In June 2008, on DJ Cisco's Urban Legend mixtape, Ice-T told Way to "eat a dick" and criticized Way for "killing hip-hop" and his song "Crank That" for being "garbage" compared to the works of other hip-hop artists such as Rakim, Das EFX, Big Daddy Kane and Ice Cube.
    More Details Hide Details The two then traded videos back and forth over the Internet. Rapper Kanye West defended Way by arguing that the younger artist created a new, original work for hip-hop, thus keeping the authentic meaning of the music. The feud was parodied in a 2010 episode of The Boondocks. In May 2011, Way's feud somewhat reignited with Ice-T again regarding the film Juice. Way stated he would release a movie of his own to go along with his mixtape of the same name, following a statement during Ice-T's interview with Shade 45 in late April 2011. Ice-T stated that Way's role as Bishop, which was famously originated by rapper Tupac Shakur was not an issue. But Ice-T would find the fact that the film being remade is problematic saying ""What?" "But that's Pac… At some point, somebody gotta stop it. I came out. I made some statements. Man, I don’t know. Do you, dude, do you. If the masses accept it, it shows you the state we’re in… Come on man, you think I’d try to remake Pac's movie? Good luck though, I'm not a hater... eh." Way himself barraged Ice-T with retaliatory tweets on the same day, joking that someone should "get this guy a hairline."
  • 2007
    Age 16
    In September 2007, his debut single "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100.
    More Details Hide Details The single was initially self-published to the internet, and later became a number-one hit in the United States for seven non-consecutive weeks starting in September 2007. On August 17, Way was listed at #18 on the Forbes list of Hip-Hop Cash Kings of 2010 for earning $7 million for that year. Way has released three studio albums and one independent album: his debut studio album Souljaboytellem.com (2007) was certified platinum by the RIAA. However, his next two albums, iSouljaBoyTellem (2008) and The DeAndre Way (2010) did not match the commercial success of his debut, the latter only selling 100,000 copies, despite the success of several singles across both albums, such as "Kiss Me Thru the Phone" and "Turn My Swag On" (iSouljaBoyTellem) and "Pretty Boy Swag" (The DeAndre Way). Way was born in Chicago and moved to Atlanta at the age of six, where he became interested in rap music. At age 14, he moved to Batesville, Mississippi, with his father, who provided a recording studio for Way to explore his musical ambitions.
    By the end of May 2007, "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" had received its first airplay and Way met with Mr. Collipark to sign a deal with Interscope Records.
    More Details Hide Details On August 12, 2007, the song appeared on the Emmy-award winning HBO series Entourage, and on September 1, it topped the US Billboard Hot 100 and Hot RingMasters charts. Way's major label debut album Souljaboytellem.com, which was reportedly recorded using just the demo version of FL Studio, was released in the United States on October 2, peaking at number four on both the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. For the 50th Grammy Awards, Way was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Song with "Crank That (Soulja Boy)". But lost to Kanye West and T-Pain's "Good Life". Souljaboytellem.com received a favorable review from Allmusic, but received mainly negative reviews from other sources such as Entertainment Weekly. Several reviewers credited Soulja Boy with spearheading a new trend in hip-hop, while speculating he will likely be a one-hit wonder.
    Following positive reviews on the site, he established accounts on YouTube and Myspace. In March 2007, he recorded "Crank That" and released his first independent album Unsigned & Still Major: Da Album Before da Album, followed by a low-budget video filmed demonstrating the "Crank That" dance.
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  • 2005
    Age 14
    In November 2005, Way posted his songs on the website SoundClick.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1990
    Born
    Born on July 28, 1990.
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